MBTI Type: ISFJ
Powhatan is much more grounded than his daughter, and trusts the old ways of their people; he believes all the things that have sustained them for many generations, from their teachings about the earth and the great spirits that guide them (including that of his beloved wife), to his concern about the future and what these settlers might want. He knows his daughter has a wild spirit, and tries to coax her into a safer, more gentle path by encouraging her to marry a warrior who is ‘steady, like a beating drum’ and who would provide for her in rational ways (he will be loyal, steady, and strong, and provide safety, food, etc for her). He lets her go her own way up to a point, but expects her to do what is wise and rational instead of listen to her heart. He is warm and consoling to her, saying she looks like her mother. Powhatan also speaks in terms of “we” a lot, implying he sees himself not as an individual, but as part of the tribe with responsibilities to them. When they return triumphant from battle, “our brothers, and our villages, are safe again.” When they are attacked and one of their men injured by the settlers, Powhatan forbids any of them from associating with the newcomers. After one of them is killed, and they arrest John Smith, he draws the other chiefs into a war council to decide what to do, trusting that a consensus will put them on the right path, and deciding that “we will defeat our enemies.” He believes “our paths are chosen for us,” and talks about “our anger” over Kocoum’s death. “This is what we feared,” he says after the event. He roughly rebukes his daughter for her disobedience, says that she has shamed him, and blames her for a good man’s death… but when he realizes she is willing to die to prevent war and save Smith, Powhatan listens to her and to the wind (his wife’s spirit) and decides she is right, that the hatred must end with him. He then reassures Smith that he is always welcome among “our people.” Powhatan is fearful of the future, and what he does not understand; he at first, adopts an us-vs-them mentality against the white settlers, since he has no experience with them or what they might do, and leaps to negative conclusions about them after finding Kocum dead. He does not see the big picture, until it is all around him – when his daughter tells him that his is where his hatred has brought them (he then sees that a war will result from his decision to kill Smith, and that all of them will die).
Enneagram: 9w8 so/sp
Powhatan is a calm and mild-mannered man, who wants peace and a steady and uninterrupted life; he doesn’t understand his daughter’s need for adventure and finds it hard to know why she cannot give her heart to a man who would provide a secure environment for her. He tolerates her behavior, and thinks she has a wild spirit like his wife, but once his anger is aroused, it’s terrible. He rebukes her harshly for her disobedience, refuses to listen to her pleas for Smith’s life, and intends to execute him in front of everyone to prove a point. He lets his anger and hatred override his better judgment, until his daughter confronts him with it – shocked at what has resulted from these events, Powhatan returns to his calm sense of leadership and admits that she is right, and that they must choose the path of peace and forgiveness rather than war.